In the final Ohio Senate debate, J.D. Vance and Tim Ryan spar over the “great replacement” notion.

Ohio’s YOUNGSTOWN — Ohio’s already contentious Senate race took a turn for the worse on Monday when Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan and Republican J.D. Vance sparred over racial epithets and traded insults.

Tensions peaked towards the end of the candidates’ hour-long debate before the Nov. 8 election when one of the moderators asked them about the “great replacement” hypothesis.

Generally speaking, the conspiracy theory, which has gained traction on the far-right fringes, contends that a Jewish-led group of liberals is attempting to seize power by disenfranchising white people by whatever means necessary, such as immigration and interracial marriage.

The accused Black target of the deadly Buffalo, New York, supermarket shooter in May is said to have accepted the notion. triggering accusations that he concurs with the premise that Democrats are promoting liberal immigration policies to “replace” voters and win elections, as said by Vance has asserted throughout his campaign.

Ryan stated that the Buffalo shooting was inspired by a great replacement theory, with which J.D. Vance concurs and which the shooter was well-versed.
Vance, who is married to an Indian American woman and has three children, responded to Ryan in a very enraged manner.

When the media and individuals like Tim Ryan accuse me of using the great replacement hypothesis, this is exactly what happens, Vance said. “What happens is that because you are so greedy for political power, you’ll accuse me, the father of three lovely mixed infants, of indulging in racism, my own children – my biracial children — get harassed by scumbags both online and in person. We’re done with it. You can support borders without having racist views.

He said, “I know you’ve held this position for 20 years, and I know it’s a great gig, but you’re so eager for a real job that you’ll smear me and my family.

I suppose I struck a nerve with this guy, Ryan retorted with a chuckle on his face.

The five-minute exchange came after what had been, on the whole, a respectful, though fiery, debate in Stambaugh Auditorium, close to the Youngstown State University campus and in the center of the congressional district that Ryan has served for almost 20 years. The discussion was facilitated by local NBC affiliate WFMJ.

Recent polls has shown a close race, with leads from Ryan or Vance dropping within the error margins. Many people were astonished by the close race just three weeks before election day since they believed Ohio had turned into a solidly Republican state in light of former President Donald Trump’s two convincing victories there.

In his Senate campaign, Ryan, who briefly ran for president in 2020, has moved to the middle, courting moderate Republicans and independents. Vance, a venture investor best known for penning the popular memoir “Hillbilly Elegy,” has consistently criticized Ryan as a career politician with allegiances to Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives from California, and Joe Biden. The strategy of attack has been a recurring theme in Vance’s messaging and the tens of millions of dollars spent on TV advertisements to support his campaign.

When asked about inflation during the first question of the debate, Vance responded, “That rising energy price that people see at the pump, that they see in their utility bills, that our farmers see when they’re paying more for diesel — that was the direct result of policies enacted by Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi and supported 100% by Tim Ryan.”

Ryan, who once competed against Pelosi for the House majority, fought back by bringing up Vance’s time working in venture capital in San Francisco, where Pelosi resides. Ryan and Democrats have attempted to paint Vance as an Ohio native who moved to the coast and become an elite.

Ryan remarked, “J.D., you keep bringing up Nancy Pelosi.” “Move back to San Francisco and run against Nancy Pelosi if you want to defeat her.”

However, Vance brought out an Ryan ad in which Ryan’s wife is shown opening a bottle of alcohol and making fun of their domestic disputes in order to bring up the Pelosi talking point once more.

It’s a really humorous TV commercial, in fact. when he claims that barely 70% of the time does he concur with his own wife,” Vance stated. “Yet he votes for Nancy Pelosi and always concurs with her. It must make life a little uncomfortable for the Ryan family.

When one of the panelists, veteran Youngstown political writer Bertram de Souza, mentioned how Ryan had referred to Vance at the previous debate as Trump’s “a— kisser,” the discussion then shifted to Vance’s partisan affiliations. The statement is a paraphrasing of a recent rally comment made by Trump regarding Vance.

Before attempting to throw another Pelosi punch, Vance stated that Trump “told a joke at a rally based on a phony New York Times story, and Tim Ryan has decided to run his entire campaign on it.”

You took that as a joke, De Souza pressed?
Vance retorted that he “didn’t take offense” and that he “knows Trump very well.”
Before turning back to Pelosi, Vance remarked, “Everyone present accepted it as a joke.”
The exchange continued for about ten minutes. The three most often used terms during that period were “Nancy,” “Pelosi,” and “a—.”

I don’t have to despise Joe Biden or Nancy Pelosi, Ryan stated. “We need to change the tone of the political conversation in this nation from one of hate, fury, and division to one of love, compassion, forgiveness, and some grace.” Simply put, I don’t have to despise her.